Although there are several tooth replacement options available today, partial or complete dentures remain a popular choice. Dentures are designed to sit on top of the gums. However, dentures can become uncomfortable quickly if the shape and size of the mouth are not right for the prosthetic. The mouth can be surgically prepared for dentures with pre-prosthetic surgery. This allows the patient to enjoy their dentures and offers a fit that is comfortable and secure.
Dentures should always fit tightly inside the mouth. Over time, however, your mouth may change in shape and size, but your dentures will stay the same. Issues such as difficulty eating and speaking, pain, and infection can occur when dentures do not fit well. If you are experiencing any discomfort from your dentures, please contact your dentist.
If you have been referred to our office for pre-prosthetic surgery, one of our oral surgeons will meet with you during your consultation and create a treatment plan to optimize the way your dentures fit. Other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants, can be addressed during your consultation appointment if you are interested.
The type of pre-prosthetic surgery you will have will depend on your facial anatomy and goals for treatment. One or more of the following procedures may be performed:
- Bone smoothing and reshaping
- Reduction of bone ridge
- Excess bone or soft tissue removal
Most of the time, pre-prosthetic surgery is an outpatient procedure. The specific type of procedure you will have will be discussed during your consultation.
Pre-Prosthetic Surgery in Mason City, IA
If you are experiencing pain due to the way your dentures fit, pre-prosthetic surgery may be the solution for you. We encourage you to call our office in Mason City, IA, and schedule a consultation to discuss how we can help you achieve the best fit for your dentures.